Composting for a Better Burn

Black Rock City loved it so much we're back!!! 

Problem / Opportunity:

This year in excess of 70,000 burners will meet, build a city from scratch, like a mirage erected in the middle of Black Rock Desert, and make it home for a week. With lots of people comes lots of waste, and large amounts of compostable matter such as food scraps, soiled paper, and yard trimmings are wasted to landfill.


In the spirit of Burning Man, IDEATE is committed to sustainability. For the second year in a row, IDEATE, in collaboration with like-minded Burning Man camps, is eager to provide a Composting Initiative to the Burning Man playa. A comprehensive program including compost awareness, hands-on education, and the facilities to collect pure compostable matter, placed directly into the funnel of regenerative farming, through the service of Full Circle Compost and Empire Waste Systems.


We are providing a covered 30 cubic yard dumpster (6,000 gallons) on playa, educational material and workshop to the members of participating camps. We will also be setting up daily compost drop off times with sorting stations supervised by our trained compost team!

Provided sufficient capacity, on the last two days of Burning Man, our compost dumpster and sorting stations will be opened to the community and will accept drop offs from non-contributing camps, on a first come first served basis.


With the collaboration of small, medium, and large sustainability friendly camps, we aim to provide compost awareness to twice as many burners as last year, 4000 up from 2000  burners, and pull twice as much compost, 4000 gallons up from 2000 gallons of pure compost out of landfill this year. This represents a 216,000 lbs. reduction of greenhouse gases. Our long term plan is to roll this program out to a larger Burning Man audience every year.

Target Contribution:

In order to cover the cost of the program, the target contribution for participating camps is set at $400 per 100 people. Contributions in excess of the cost of this year Composting Program will be used to subsidize this program next year, allowing to grow the impact of the initiative and potentially requiring a lower contribution from participating camps.

Thanks to our Partners
Full Circle Compost
Empire Waste Systems

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